Division Highlights - Neonatology & Newborn Nursery

The Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery strives to promote the best health and well-being of all newborns.  Our team cares for babies in the newborn nursery after a normal birth and babies in the neonatal intensive care unit who are critically ill, premature or in need of special observation.

Our research interests include chronic complications of prematurity, including lung and vision problems of prematurity, developmental biology, genetic contributors to premature birth, nutrition in neonates (with special emphasis on iron metabolism and vitamin supplementation), infection and inflammation, neonatal abstinence syndrome, placental biology vascular adaptations in pregnancy, screening for congenital heart disease, vision science, and models and methods of maternal-infant health care.

2016 Highlights

  • Jamie Limjoco, MD, received a two-year, $6,000 UW Health Innovation Award for her project, "Establishing a Regional Virtual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (vNICU) at the American Family Children's Hospital."

  • Ryan McAdams, MD, was named new chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery.

  • David McCulley, MD, won the James Sutherland Junior Faculty Award at the 2016 Midwest Society for Pediatric Research Scientific Meeting for his presentation, "A Genetic Model of Pulmonary Hypertension and Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia."

  • Nina Menda, MD, was named the Medical Director of the Meriter Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She was also invited to be the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Liasion to Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

  • Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, was awarded fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), an honor that goes to fewer than 10% of practicing optometrists.

  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, was named the 2016-2019 Retina Research Foundation M.D. Matthews Research Professor. The professorship provides $50,000 annually to support his project, "Vision Loss Due to Ion-Channelopathy."

  • Nathan York, graduate student and research assistant in the lab of De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD, and Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, received a travel award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health/National Eye Institute. This competitive award allowed him to travel to the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology 2016 annual meeting.

  • Undergraduate student Katherine Schleck, and her mentor Christine Sorenson, PhD, received a 2016-2017 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for the project, "Bim Expression Affects Retinal Astrocytes Adhesion and Migration through Altered Production of ECM Proteins."

  • Four division investigators were awarded nearly $80,000 from the Meriter Foundation Research and Education Grants Program to support the following four clinical research studies:
    • “Recombinant Erythropoietin as a Renal Protective Agent in Prematurity” (Pamela Kling, MD; $20,000)
    • “Monitoring Predictors of Chronic Lung Disease and Length of Stay– Lessons Learned” (Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD; $20,000)
    • “Specificity of Oxytocin induced Retinopathy” (Bikash Pattnaik, PhD; $20,000)
    • “Molecular Effect of Caffeine Therapy on Lung Disease in the Premature Infant” (De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD; $20,000)



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